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2014 / 12 - December Issue of American Cinematographer
2014 / 12 - December  Issue of American Cinematographer


 
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Interstellar


(Paramount)


Hoyte van Hoytema, FSF, NSC


joined director Christopher Nolan for this journey to the stars, in which a group of astronauts embark on a search for a habitable planet to save humankind from extinction. Filming the story - which weaves the macro scale of the cosmos with the micro story of the personal sacrifices made and endured by the explorer Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his family - took the production from Los Angeles to Canada to Iceland. Van Hoytema will detail his and Nolan's first collaboration, for which they opted to mix anamorphic 35mm with Imax motion-picture film.


Birdman


(Fox Searchlight)

Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC


teamed for the first time with director Alejandro Gonz·lez IÒ·rritu for this darkly comedic tale of Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), an actor well past his prime who continues to wrestle with his erstwhile onscreen alter-ego, the superhero Birdman. Lubezki, IÒ·rritu and a number of their key collaborators will detail the New York-based shoot, and the techniques employed to create the illusion of one long, continuous shot that spans the duration of the film.


Fury


(Sony)

Roman Vasyanov and director David Ayer

followed their work together on End of Watch with this tale of heroism and sacrifice on the front lines of World War II. With a band of weary veterans and one young newbie (Logan Lerman), the aptly nicknamed "Wardaddy" (Brad Pitt) leads his Sherman-tank crew behind enemy lines, where they hope to leave their mark for the Allies. Vasyanov will discuss his work with his own tight-knit crew, and their approach to the U.K.-based production.


Foxcatcher


(Sony Pictures Classics)


Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS

partnered with director Bennett Miller for this true-crime story that unfolds against the backdrop of Olympic wrestling. Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), looking to transcend the long shadow of his Olympic gold-winning brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo), begins training for the '88 Seoul games under the tutelage of paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont (Steve Carell), only to see his world turned completely upside-down. Predominantly shot in Pennsylvania, the film made a splash at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where Miller was awarded the Best Director prize.



The December issue's departments will also offer illuminating insights:




Short Takes will take a close look at cinematographer Gareth Munden's work on the ambitious science-fiction short The Nostalgist.

Production Slate will go behind the scenes to explore cinematographer Bobby Bukowski's work on Jon Stewart's directorial debut, Rosewater. This section will also shine a light on cinematographer Radek Ladczuk's work on the horror film The Babadook, which was a standout at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

ASC Close-Up will spotlight Society member Julio G. Macat, whose feature credits include Home Alone, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Wedding Crashers, Pitch Perfect and the upcoming Horrible Bosses 2.